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Posted: 10/3/2011 9:47:05 AM EST
Evening All

I'm looking at acquiring a decent reloading rig, nothing fancy just good quality so it lasts and gives consistent/accurate service.
Could anyone give me a few quick recommendations?

Initially starting with .223 but probably needing .308 soon after.

I currently have nothing so would need the whole kit & caboodle.

Any pointers much appreciated
Link Posted: 10/3/2011 10:33:15 AM EST
I got the RCBS starter kit when I started out I don't know what it cost as it was a leaving presentation
Link Posted: 10/3/2011 10:42:39 AM EST

Originally Posted By Badger66:
I got the RCBS starter kit when I started out I don't know what it cost as it was a leaving presentation

thanks - just seen that on sportsman's site. I won't mention the cost, don't wanna spoil it for you

I assume you didn't get any dies with this?
Link Posted: 10/3/2011 10:56:34 AM EST
They got the dies and shell holders separately along with a powder measure.

A powder measure is a good idea, i wouldn't want to weigh each and every charge
Link Posted: 10/3/2011 11:05:08 AM EST
you ever used one of those all-in-one jobs?
they look quite likely to fail
Link Posted: 10/3/2011 11:27:59 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/3/2011 11:36:35 AM EST

Originally Posted By Agent_Funky:
Originally Posted By DI_Burnside:
you ever used one of those all-in-one jobs?
they look quite likely to fail


I have a Dillon XL650.


They are superbe for loading high volumes of .223 for PR/CSR type shooting and seemto throw a very consistent charge. Expensive but a worthwhile investment if you value your time and get through a lot of home.loads.

The RCBS kits are good. I got most of my heavy kit from Relaiding Silutions in Oxfordshire, or local RFD's such as Brian Fox whop has a shop at Diggle Range.

Other more specialised kit, some of the cleaning equipment and other parts I got from the USA from Sinclair international.

Dillon kit I get direct from Dillon.

It depends on what shooting you will be doing and how much. That will dictate what tyope of kit you will eventually go for. However a starter I would be inclined to buy decent quality equipment (buy once, cry once)

Essentials will include:

Press (RCBS Rockchucker type, Lee (Classic Cast is the only decent one they do), Redding (as examples)
Scales RCBS 10-10's are among the best
Powder trickler
Powder thrower (RCBS, Redding etc)
Dies (for .223 ARs I would suggest a small base full length sizing and decapping dye, and a quality bullet seater die such as Redding, Forster, RCBS)
Case Trimmer (Wilson is one of the best but there are cheaper options, and more expensive electronic options like the Giraud case trimmer)
Priming Tool Lee do a semi-decent one as do RCBS

plus Deburring tools, primer pocket cleaners, decent calipers, Tumbler media atc.

Everyone has their own ideas and methods and preferences so there will a be a lot of advice and ideas.

Early days yet but good to see you looking ahead to reload.

buy once, cry once - I hear you there
thanks for the detailed info, it will be a great help!

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